Category Archives: Washington Post

A federal law is hurting Native American children. It must be struck down.

The Indian Child Welfare Act hinders adoption of Native American kids. In June 2016, Texas couple Chad and Jennifer Brackeen took a 10-month-old Native American foster child into their home. The boy, referred to as A.L.M. in court documents, had been the victim of parental neglect and drug abuse from birth. He soon became part of the Brackeens’ […]
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Americans take the pain of girls less seriously than that of boys, a new study finds

The study, published this month in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, found that women drove the effect, giving a lower pain rating when they believed the subject was a girl. A child’s finger is pricked at a doctor’s office, and the child cries out. “Ow! Ah! Oh!” How much pain adult Americans think the young […]
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‘I’m just wondering if I’m going to have enough’: Shutdown creates lasting fallout for food stamp recipients

The shutdown isn’t really over for millions of poor Americans. he call came Jan. 19, just after Quatashia Cuff got back from grocery shopping, a task that had taken several hours because she’d made the trip out of Boston to shop in the suburb of Quincy. It was a long way to haul groceries, especially […]
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E-cigarettes more effective than nicotine replacement to help smokers quit, study finds 

E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers quit as nicotine replacement therapies such as lozenges and patches, according to a new study that immediately stoked the debate over whether e-cigarettes are an important smoking-cessation tool or a health menace. The study, published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine, is the first randomized […]
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How the justice system criminalizes the poor — and funds itself in the process

“If it weren’t for Ferguson, we would be having a different public conversation about the role of the misdemeanor system.” “The misdemeanor system criminalizes poverty.” When the Justice Department issued its report on the Ferguson, Mo., police department in the wake of the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, the nation was shocked to learn just how the […]
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How to make e-scooters truly safe

It will take aggressive efforts by local governments, as well as businesses, to make electric scooters a safer ride. The question for cities should not be whether to allow electric scooters on their streets. It should be how to welcome them safely. Recent studies on scooter-related emergency room visits provide not an argument for prohibition […]
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The Technology 202: The shutdown is over, but companies trying to go public are still in limbo

And a second shutdown would put IPOs in jeopardy. The partial government shutdown is over for now, but Silicon Valley companies planning initial public offerings still face uncertainty as the Securities and Exchange Commission begins to dig out of a backlog of filings. 2019 was expected to be a banner year for technology IPOs, as household names […]
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PG&E has gone into bankruptcy because corporations haven’t priced in the cost of global warming

Business has hardly begun thinking about the costs of climate change. California’s largest utility and one of the United States’ largest investor-owned electric utilities — filed for bankruptcy. It claimed that bankruptcy was its “only viable option” because of liabilities arising from numerous California wildfires that some, including a federal judge, have traced to the company’s power […]
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Unlimited vacation sounds amazing. It can burn workers in the end. 

BuzzFeed decided to pay out earned time off to laid off workers. Avoiding that expense is one reason companies have shifted to unlimited vacation. If you’re laid off from your job or you quit to go elsewhere, does your employer owe you the vacation time you’ve accrued? As with so many things related to employment […]
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Teacher salary: Public schools now pay below average in every state except one

In a search for jobs which once paid well, but have fallen below average in most states, we considered hundreds of industries. Public schools stood out. In the early 1990s, when today’s veteran educators were starting out, public-school teachers and support staff pulled in above-average paychecks in 26 of the 42 states for which the […]
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